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Watching cars drive by of the modern age
The old man is sitting on his porch by the side of the road. He
likes this spot which is close enough for him to still discern the
faces of the passing-by drivers but still far enough that he
feel the air blown by the speeding cars. Several cars have
in both directions, but
none caught his attention. Mostly single
people running errands for professional reasons, one would
But finally, something interesting crosses his field of vision.
people in an SUV driving under the speed limit. A family. Mom,
dad, son, and daughter. Again, a guess, of course. Kind of a no
brainer, though. When the only thing he can see is the back of
car, the old man says, I like this one. As he says this, his
augmented reality prescription eyeglasses show four squares,
for each of the travelling family members. In each square there
a picture, the best picture The Windows AI was able to take of
each of the occupants from the high-speed video taken
throughout the SUVs traversal of its field of view. Each picture
has a colored tag selected from a gradient going from grey to
lime green. Grey to mean absence of interest and lime green
exact opposite. This is fully configurable, of course. Show me
the guy, the old man says. He likes to start with the most
looking option just to get it out of the way. He could simply
over those, but he likes to make sure as it wouldnt be the first
time the AI had missed an assessment. And hes retired, it is a
hobby, so why not be thorough? Sadly, the AI wasnt wrong, the
guy is not interesting at all. Based on the pictures, the AI
the social networks for matches. This man has no relevant
media presence other than an outdated CV in one of the
professional social media platforms. According to that, hes in
accounting. Nothing available on hobbies, political views,
childhood stories. Not to diss on accountants, but in the
of any other data points and personality traits, its hardly
something to get excited about. Not much of a presence in
peoples pictures either. Which is odd, because jumping to his
wifes social media, shes all over the place. Has pictures of
everything she does, from PA meetings to the kids sports
activities, the kids school results, updates on her nails and
vacations with friends. Everyone in her life seems to be in
pictures except for her husband. The old man takes his own
conclusions about that fact but moves on to more interesting
things. As with many other people, the womans social
serves the purpose of making it clear to everyone that her life
perfect. The perfect food, the most beautiful sceneries, fun
exciting holidays, and her children excel at everything, of
Shes also outstandingly forthcoming in everything relating to
children. Their life is completely exposed for everyone to see.
the old man this is good, of course as it will provide hours of
entertainment. But he also stops to wonder what the kids will
think about the subject in a couple of years time. He spends
rest of the morning enjoying every little morsel the AI manages
gather about the family. He also watches the video of the
taken by the cameras, in real speed as well as slow motion.
Window also collected the sound in the interior of the vehicle
using a laser microphone. This was an add-in, not part of the
standard package. The Window was a present from his grandson
who also installed and configured the whole rig. The best
he ever got.
Not a fan of paragraphs. Or punctuation, for that matter. Doesn't seem to be a requirement for being awarded a Nobel. [PauloSargaco, Sep 06 2021]
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||Terrifying yet plausible [+]
||Given that privacy in general is receding in the rear-view
mirror, anything that at least democratizes snooping is
probably a good thing, on balance. And if you want to keep a
bit of privacy, then posting an old accountant's resumé on
LinkedIn, and no other material, seems quite effective in this
||Haven't read the idea, but imagine if you enlarged
it and printed it out then stuck it on a long narrow
window, it would greatly reduce the ability to see
in or out. Is this the idea?
||\\ And if you want to keep a bit of privacy, then posting an
old accountant's resumé on LinkedIn, and no other material,
seems quite effective in this case. \\
||And deceiving too. The guy is actually a George Smiley-type
spy, hiding in plain sight. Not even his wife suspects.
||\\ However, paragraphs [-] \\
||That didn't prevent José Saramago from being awarded a
Nobel Prize in Literature [link]. Not that I'm comparing
myself to Saramago, just to be clear.
||People gonna be calling you "Vernon" pretty soon, so you know.
||Paragraph breaks are good.
||I, for one, keep my life off of social media to the best of my ability. I'm sure a shadow profile has been set up about me by Facebook and the like (the Facebook app happily compiles images of human faces in photos on the user's phone and sends them up to the mothership which uses facial recognition to correlate real-life social networks) but I ask people not to tag me and not to upload my pictures.
||One day I'll be forced to have a social media presence. When that day comes I'll take about fifty pictures of me wearing a suit and performing business tasks in a generic office environment. I'll fill it in with generic and utterly useless phrases.
||\\ People gonna be calling you "Vernon" pretty soon, so you
||That would be a disservice to Vernon. He would probably
||C'mon, [Voice], think of that poor man sitting on his porch
with nothing else to do. Where's your humanity!?
||\\ Paragraph breaks are good. \\
||1 in 1 billion (4.66b number online/4.9 world household size) approx. Too rare, interesing would be.
||The AI could build a fictional data set, or obfuscate the real data just enough to get above the level of just interesting.
||[DrBob] Apr 19 2012 [link]: obfuscation, interesting annos.
We have some well-informed people here at .5B
||// 1 in 1 billion (4.66b number online/4.9 world household
size) approx. Too rare, interesing would be //
||Really? Isn't that expectation of interesting excessively low?
||Maybe you're just easily amused.
||\\ Paragraph breaks are good. \\
|| That's clearly a WIBGI.
PauloSargaco, Sep 06 2021
||Wait, is that some sort of NO-NO in your country?
||No, definitely paragraphs are not a NO-NO in Portugal. I
actually use them when I so feel inclined. I happened to not
be feeling that particular inclination when I wrote that text
and it never crossed my mind it would actually be a topic
for conversation. Much less that it would hijack the
discussion. I guess it simply isn't that interesting and I'll just
have to live with that.
||// Maybe you're just easily amused. //